The Level and Growth Effects in Empirical Growth Models for the Nordic Countries: A Knowledge Economy Approach

CAMA Working Paper No. 36/2012

38 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2012

See all articles by Arusha V. Cooray

Arusha V. Cooray

Embassy of Sri Lanka, Oslo

Antonio Paradiso

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Date Written: August 2012

Abstract

We estimate the steady state growth rate for the Nordic countries using a “knowledge economy” approach. An endogenous growth framework is employed, in which total factor productivity is a function of human capital (measured by average years of education), trade openness, research and development, and investment ratio. We attempt to identify the variables which have significant level and growth effects within this framework. We find that education plays an important role in determining the long-run growth rates of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark; and trade openness has growth effects in Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. The investment ratio plays an important role for growth in Finland. In addition to growth effects, education also has level effects in Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Research and development, has no level or growth effects in any of the Nordic countries. This may be attributable to the fact that research and development are driven by openness and education. Policy measures are identified to improve the long-run growth rates for these countries.

Keywords: endogenous growth models, trade openness, human capital, investment ratio, steady state growth rate, Nordic countries

JEL Classification: C22, O52, O40

Suggested Citation

Cooray, Arusha V. and Paradiso, Antonio, The Level and Growth Effects in Empirical Growth Models for the Nordic Countries: A Knowledge Economy Approach (August 2012). CAMA Working Paper No. 36/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2121117

Arusha V. Cooray (Contact Author)

Embassy of Sri Lanka, Oslo ( email )

Norway

Antonio Paradiso

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

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